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14 Ways Your Wedding Wardrobe Can Help Keep You Healthy

  • Posted on December 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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You know that your wardrobe is one of many lifestyle choices that can help you stay healthy. Remember to choose wisely even when it comes to wedding clothing, shoes and bags, with these tips.  During your nuptial preparations and especially on the day of your wedding, you will be going through so many emotions that it is imperative that your clothing helps rather than hinders your movements.

 

Your Wedding Day Clothing Choices:

 

  1. Wear the correct size. Tight clothing can cause circulatory problems and aggravate high blood pressure.Buy clothing that fits comfortably. That goes for jewelry as well.

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    Tight and Comfortable?

  2. Dress for the climate. Let your local weather forecast help you decide what to wear. If you are marrying in the summertime, don’t wear items that make you extra hot.  With little or no food that day, you might faint.  High heat and humidity is easier to bear when you’re decked out in light weight and loose fitting gear.  Not very much fun for you, your new spouse or your guests.  In harsh winters call for coats, hats, gloves and boots if need be prior to your arrival to the ceremonial spot.  You’ll want to start your marriage well, rather than with the sniffles.

  3. Protect yourself from the sun. Keep using your sunscreen and let your garments provide an additional line of defense. Hats shield the delicate skin on your face and neck year round. If you go on your honeymoon to somewhere with a beach, then don’t forget to pack appropriately.  Toss on a tunic or sarong after your swim at the beach or pool.

  4. Customize your bra to your shape. Bras with adequate support reduce back pain. Specialty shops and department stores often offer free fittings. Fuller figures may need underwire and front hook closures.  You will want the perfect fit, shape and comfort for you wedding day.

  5. Shop for compression socks. Many doctors recommend compression socks for patients who are recovering from medical procedures or have conditions like diabetes that interfere with circulation. They’re also great for anyone who wants to boost blood flow or stands on their feet all day.  These could be a great rehearsal dinner gift for your fiancé and the groomsmen.

 

Shoes:

 

  1. Measure your heels. High heels may look sexy but the misalignment can trigger pain and posture issues. If you want to wear them down the aisle and for pictures, go for it, but comfort and health are my bi-words at all times.  Since you give your feet a break by looking for styles with good support and alternating with flats most days, why not do the same for your wedding day?  Your feet will thank you.
  2. Take off the flat flip flops. Flip flops provide little support for your ankles and knees. They’re convenient at the pool but put on walking shoes if you’re covering longer distances.  Even though wedding flip flops are all the rage, they do not provide the needed support you will need to stand and greet all your relatives.  Find some comfortable, pretty shoes with support to change into after your first dance.  You’ll be happier for it.  When your feet are happy, so is the rest of you.

    No more Flat Flip Flops

  3. Learn the facts about toning shoes. Lots of people liked the idea of shoes that would shape up their legs for them. However, studies showed that those claims failed to hold up and some brands actually caused injuries.  Whatever shoes you decide to wear on your wedding day, make shoe you have worn them at least twice before, so they are broken in and you know they are comfortable.  A hobbling bride and groom at the end of the festivities is neither fun nor happy.

  4. Keep up to date with your shoe size. Your feet may keep growing all your life, so ensure your favorite boots or heels or even flats still fit before you put them on for all-day wear. Allow about a half inch of space around your toes.

  5. Drive responsibly. If your feet hurt because you followed none of the above suggestions, don’t compound your chances by driving* barefoot.  1. Bare feet and flip flops can be dangerous behind the wheel. 2. You may slip or find your toe caught under a pedal. It’s worth the time to change into footwear that grips well.  *It is my hope that you will have someone else to drive and drop you somewhere after your reception.

Bags:

 

  1. Lighten your load. Your handbag may weigh more than you think. The general rule of thumb is to limit yourself to ten percent of your body weight or less. Empty out stuff you no longer need.
  2. Leaving for your honeymoon right away.  Don’t overstuff your luggage; after all wherever you are going you probably will want to buy souvenirs or even more clothing.  No need to pack everything and have to check bags.  Pack just what you might need, plus one outfit less and you will be doing quite well for check in and your return flight.
  3. Switch sides. It’s easy to get in the habit of carrying stuff on one side of your body only, which leads to overuse over time. Make a conscious decision to alternate from one shoulder to the other throughout each day.
  4. Try a cross-body bag. Even better, pick a style with straps that you can wear across your chest or back. It will distribute the weight more evenly and take the pressure off your shoulders.

  5. Switch wallets. While women may be putting too much stress on their shoulders, hips are often the area of concern for men. Ditch that overstuffed wallet in favor of a lean credit card case. You can always keep your old wallet in your glove compartment for those occasions when you need the extra items.

    Fat for a reason.

    Fat wallet with money?


Fashion on your wedding day is great, so let that special day’s wardrobe help you to lead a long and active wedding day healthily and with fun. Use these tips to check out your wedding day trousseau and guide you through your next nuptials’ shopping spree.

Flowers by Zenda: A Chat & Demonstration

  • Posted on May 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

 

We visited the shop of Flowers by Zenda, which is located just over the Broadway bridge in the Marble Hill area of the Bronx.  Orlando Kross showed us his shop, which has been around for more than 60 years.  Orlando started in the shop as an apprentice and then bought the place, so you know you have an experienced florist when you contract him.  Orlando loves flowers and loves what he does and isn’t that someone you want arranging your flowers for your wedding day, re-affirmation, or for anything?

 

Flowers By Zenda, 5217 Broadway, Bronx, New York 10463                                                                                      If you do go in, mention you saw his video on my website, for 10% off.

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Our Do-It-Yourself Wedding in NYC For $10,000 Or Less, Is It Still Possible? – Yes, you can still do it.

  • Posted on March 9, 2011 at 3:03 am

Bride & Groom Cake Figurines – A Better idea  See below:

It mostly depends on the strategies you and fiance have decided prior to determining, even your budget. Then you must make a pact between the two of you to stay within budget.  Only go outside the budget if you both agree and after you’ve slept on it overnight, if it’s a big departure.

For our wedding, way back in 2005 I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception.   In my book, New York City Budget Wedding:  Elegant and Affordable,  I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for our wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

Now most of the pricing is almost nine years old, but these are for you to get other ideas for savings on your wedding.  Here were our (Pearson-Fulcher) costs for our 2005 wedding:

Dress $536 – (Filenes’s Basement Westchester)  – It was a $3500.00 dress, originally.  I miss that store, but now there still others even in NYC that you can YOUR dress.

Tux Rental $56 – Men’s Warehouse (Downtown Brooklyn, NY)  – Men have it SO easy.

Cakes $825 – (Alegria Cuisine)  [3-Tier wedding cake & Jamaican Black cake – in the favor boxes.]  Guests love that, nothing to dust, just eat and remember.

**Wedding Cake Toppers $149 – (My Memory Dolls)  Personalized Cake Topper (If these were available in 2005, we would have bought one.)

Limo/Catering $375/$625 = $1000 – (Limos For Less of The Wedding Connection)

*Special added catering $0 – (Wedding gift from Mother-in-Law)

Professional Photographer $400 for 5 hours – (Childhood friend of groom) Cliff Weissman 

*Video $0 Best Man’s (cousin) gift – (Negmaron Media)

Ceremony/Minister $800 – (Christ Chapel  Riverside Church Dr. Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr.)  Dr. Forbes is back for 6 mos. or so.

Flowers $375 from Flower Wholesaler – (Fifty Roses)  So many other options now in 2014, but you still get fresh flowers of your choice, here.  Plus, they are SO helpful.

Reception rental and 2 cases of champagne $1251 – Galapagos Art Space (formerly located on North Sixth Avenue in Williamsburg-Brooklyn).  They are now located in DUMBO’s first LEEDS building and 10 times the above amount, plus the liquor.  Just think I helped give them the idea to market as a wedding venue.

DJ $250 – 4.5 hours – (Friend of cake baker/decorator) Always check that they have your music.

Printer $68 printing wedding invitations & thank you notes (Epson Printer)

Papers Invitations, Envelopes, [Inner/Outer] Thank You Notes/Envelopes $82 (Paper Presentation) Beautiful papers and the staff is so nice.  Sara is the manager.

Save-the-Date magnets $16 – (VistaPrint)

Vocalists during ceremony:  Diana Solomon-Glover and Andre Glover (A gift from both)

Miscellaneous Favors, candles, material, silk rose petals, disposable cameras, decorative Chinese boxes, & tissue paper $350 – (Save-A-Thon, Oriental Express)

Honeymoon Cruise & extras $1391 – (Liberty Travel)  I’d recommend the person I used, but she has since retired.  She was SO helpful and patient.

Our total expenditures in 2005 Wedding/Honeymoon $7400, some might say we did not spend money on everything, so we can’t really say that we had a savings.  *A gift is still worth its value, whether we paid for it or not.  Definitely, but we did use  money and lots of it for our special day, just not the city or national average.  Our cake was a bit more than I thought it would be, but was an extraordinarily beautiful cake, too.  Plus, it  took a lot of hard, intricate, and patient work and our parting favor was bite or two of Jamaican Black Cake.  So we splurged in different areas, but we were still able to keep our wedding well under $15,000, WAY under, and that is an achievement, especially in New York City.  I would hazard to guess if we did the whole thing over again, it was STILL be way under $15,000.  Let me help you do the same.   Dreamers can.

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If you need help with strategies for your wedding:  Contact me via email cpf@budgetweddingsnyc.com.

 

 

 

Winter Wedding Favors

It mostly depends on just what it is you want your fantasy day to say and whether or not one thing is the most important item or if you would prefer to have featured several things. For me I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception. At another time I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for my wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

The pricing is almost six years old, but these are for you to get ideas for savings on your wedding.  Here were our costs for our 2005 wedding:

Dress $536 – (Filenes’s Basement Westchester)

Tux Rental $56 – Men’s Warehouse (Downtown Brooklyn, NY)

Cakes $825 – (Alegria Cuisine)  [3-Tier wedding cake & Jamaican Black cake – favor]

**Wedding Cake Toppers $149 – (My Memory Dolls)  Personalized Cake Topper (If these were available in 2005, we would have bought one.)

Limo/Catering $375/$625 = $1000 – (Limos For Less of The Wedding Connection)

*Special added catering $0 – (Wedding gift from Mother-in-Law)

Professional Photographer $400 for 5 hours – (Childhood friend of groom)

*Video $0 Best Man’s (cousin) gift – (Negmaron Media)

Ceremony/Minister $800 – (Christ Chapel Riverside Church Dr. Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr.)

Flowers $375 from Flower Wholesaler – (Fifty Roses)

Reception rental and 2 cases of champagne $1251 – Galapagos Art Space (formerly located on North Sixth Avenue in Williamsburg-Brooklyn)

DJ $250 – 4.5 hours – (Friend of cake baker/decorator)

Printer $68 printing wedding invitations & thank you notes (Epson Printer)

Papers Invitations, Envelopes, [Inner/Outer] Thank You Notes/Envelopes $82 (Paper Presentation)

Save-the-Date magnets $16 – (VistaPrint)

Miscellaneous Favors, candles, material, silk rose petals, disposable cameras, decorative Chinese boxes, & tissue paper $350 – (Save-A-Thon, Oriental Express)

Honeymoon Cruise & extras $1391 – (Liberty Travel)

Our total expenditures in 2005 Wedding/Honeymoon $7400, some might say we did not spend money on everything, so we can’t really say that we had a savings.  *A gift is still worth its value, whether we paid for it or not.  Oh contraire, but we did spend money and lots of it for our special day, just not the city or national average.  Our cake was a bit more than I thought it would be, but is an extraordinarily beautiful cake too.  Plus it  took a lot of hard, intricate, and patient work and our parting favor was bite or two of Jamaican Black Cake.  So we splurged in different areas, but we were still able to keep it under $15,000, WAY under, and that is a feat, especially in New York City.  Dreamers can.

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